Gokoku-ji Temple Past and Present

Early this month, I climbed Mt. Fuji in Gokoku-ji Temple in Tokyo.  This temple was built following the request of Keisho-in, the mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1681.  It was one of the most popular temples in Tokyo together with Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa and Eko-in Temple in Ryogoku.  Today, there are many architecture which lasted centuries.

Morning Glory Festival in Denzu-in Temple

Bunkyo-ku in Tokyo holds five flower festivals in a year.  They are the Festivals of Plum Flower, Cherry Blossoms, Azalea, Hydrangea, Morning Glory & Chinese Lantern and Chrysanthemum.  The third weekend of July is the time for Morning Glory & Mouth Cracker Festival.  The venues are Denzu-in Temple for morning glories and Genkaku-ji Temple for…

The Temple for 47 Samurai – Sengaku-ji Temple

I wrote about Tozen-ji Temple and Takanawa Church which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice.  These are all in Takanawadai in Minato-ku.  Not far from these places, there is a famous temple Sengaku-ji.  This temple is very popular among those who love Japanese history because it was related to the incident of 47 Samurai.…

Walking in Rikugi-en Garden

I thought I already posted about this beautiful Japanese garden so I wrote that it was near from Toyo Bunko Library.  I wanted to link to my post of Rikugi-en but I couldn’t find it because until yesterday, it was non-existent.  So hastily I am making this posting of Rikugi-en Garden.